My ultimate guide to Hawaii

It has almost been a year since our holiday to Hawaii and to say I’m itching to travel again would be a massive understatement! I’ve once again been bitten by the travel bug…

We had such a fantastic trip I wanted to share my ultimate guide to the island paradise in the hope that it helps you on your own adventure.

From what to take in your luggage and carry on, to great places to stay, experience, eat and shop, I hope these articles offer some inspiration:

What to take as carry on

Taking the right items onboard with you when you fly is the key to looking and feeling good when you touch down at your destination. As I sat down last year to write this little list I realised it might actually be useful for other keen travellers. So without further ado, I present the top ten items I took with me as carry on.

Travel essentials for Hawaii

I’m also sharing my list of items to pack for the holiday itself. I probably should declare upfront that my packing was highly influenced by my desire to shop up at storm in Honolulu. It is safe to say I needed lots of space in my suitcase.

My guide to Kauai

Effortlessly combining the picturesque ‘palm trees and golden beaches’ version of Hawaii so often imaged by travellers with epic canyons, a dramatic coastline and mountains rimmed with rainclouds, the island of Kauai should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Nicknamed the ‘garden isle’, Kauai was the first stop on our Hawaiian holiday. Kauai is much less developed than O’ahu and so it retains a lot of charm, culture and a relaxed pace. It really is the perfect place for doing as much or as little as you’d like on a tropical holiday.

My guide to Waikiki

High end shops, restaurants, bars, attractions and resorts combined with one of the most beautiful beaches in the world makes Waikiki so much more than just another stretch of sand in Hawaii.

On the island of O’ahu, Waikiki combines the best of a city holiday with the best of a beach holiday to create a very unique travelling experience. Waikiki was the second stop on our Hawaiian getaway and, after first spending a week on the island of Kauai and seeing how different each island is, I wanted to share some of my experiences.

Have you been to Hawaii yet? What are your favourite places to recommend to other travellers?

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